Bucks Down Windjammers



BUCKSPORT — After a quick start offensively and a full game of flawless defense, the Golden Bucks rolled over the Camden Hills Windjammers in a 7-2 victory Tuesday in a class B preliminary match-up.

Shortstop Steve Klenowski of the Bucksport Golden Bucks takes aim at first base after completing the first half of a double play.—BEN AUSTIN
Shortstop Steve Klenowski of the Bucksport Golden Bucks takes aim at first base after completing the first half of a double play.—BEN AUSTIN

BUCKSPORT — After a quick start offensively and a full game of flawless defense, the Golden Bucks rolled over the Camden Hills Windjammers in a 7-2 victory Tuesday in a class B preliminary match-up.

“It’s got to give them confidence… I think it’s a great win. If we pitch well and play good defense we’re pretty hard to beat. If we don’t, if we struggle defensively, we’ll be in trouble because we can’t allow a lot of outs,” said head coach Mike Cowing after the win.

With the threat of rain clouds looming overhead, the Bucks looked to put the game away early, scoring five runs in the first two innings.

Bucksport captain and pitcher Tim Nason helped his own cause in the first inning by driving in the second run for his team.

Defensive mistakes plagued the Windjammers early as two errors helped the Bucks prolong the second inning and work their small-ball type play into three more runs.

“We don’t crush the ball. We have to manufacture, you know, play a little small ball and put something together,” said Cowing.

In the third inning, the Windjammers saw a glimmer of light with senior Kiefer Lammi’s two-run single bringing them back within sight of the Bucks.

But Nason said he wasn’t really worried. “I knew we had the bats to get those back and I just know how to keep my composure and continue to throw strikes to get them to hit the ball.,

And Nason was right. An intentional walk early in the fourth inning backfired on Camden as clean-up hitter Jordan Trasko pounded the ball into center field, bringing home the sixth run of the day for the Bucks.

A pitching change by Camden Hills in the fourth stopped the Bucks in their tracks when Lammi came on in relief with a blistering fastball.

He allowed no hits in his first two innings and struck out all three batters he faced in the fifth inning.

But the spark came too late for Camden Hills as the Bucksport defense was all but impenetrable, going errorless through the entire game.

“The defense was crazy today with no errors. They did a lot for me,” said the grateful Nason.

The Golden Bucks will now face Mattanawcook Academy in the quarterfinal round.

“We beat them here, so that’s got to give them a little confidence. I just don’t know who they are going to throw, but even at that, I think we feel pretty good about playing on this field,” said Cowing.

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